A MOTORCYCLIST caught doing almost 200kmh on the Bruce Hwy near Torbanlea has stunned police - not only because of the extremely high speed, but because he was only wearing shorts, casual shoes and a motorcycle jacket.

The man was caught travelling at 195kmh in a 100kmh zone, about 5.50pm on Monday.

In a statement, the Maryborough police said they were "astounded" to note the speed the motorcyclist was travelling at and the fact that he was not wearing full protective gear.

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Maryborough Patrol Group crime prevention co-ordinator Senior Constable Mel Ryan said the speed the man was travelling at was "well and truly over the speed limit".

The rider was given to a notice to appear in court.

Snr Const Ryan was at Stockland Hervey Bay on Wednesday letting people know about the Fatal Five - distraction, drink-driving, drug-driving, fatigue, seat belts and speeding - and how they cost lives.

People were invited to take a pledge to stop the fatal five and Snr Const Ryan said the importance of spreading the message couldn't be underestimated.

Snr Const Ryan said dash-cam footage shared by Bauple woman Judy Sokol of a truck jack-knifing across the road, smashing into her car on the Bruce Hwy, also helped to emphasise the importance of the Fatal Five.

In relation to the motorcyclist, Snr Const Ryan said there was a clear message: "abide by the speed limit".

"If you don't, you will be caught," she said.

Senior Constable Mel Ryan, Senior Constable Melissa Watherston and volunteer in policing Jill Barclay with pledges that can be signed during the Fatal Five awareness campaign at Stockland Hervey Bay.
Senior Constable Mel Ryan, Senior Constable Melissa Watherston and volunteer in policing Jill Barclay with pledges that can be signed during the Fatal Five awareness campaign at Stockland Hervey Bay. Alistair Brightman

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